Finish the Job: Tool Kit
Our goal is to pass federal legislation to expand Brady Background Checks to the 40% of gun sales that currently go without a check. These are commercial gun sales happening online at websites like, Armslist.com, and at gun shows.
How we get there
If we are going to pass this legislation, you need to raise your voice and tell our elected leaders that gun violence is a critical issue.
We’re going to make sure building this drumbeat of voices remains a priority and work to build support for legislation by engaging in a variety of tactics:
|One on one meetings|
|Written letters to Senators and Members of Congress||Statements of support|
|Social media: Facebook and Twitter||Earned media events|
Many of these tactics can be employed in an ongoing basis and can be done daily or weekly. Some of them may be a little more labor intensive, and will yield the best results if they’re focused on a certain date or dates.
We’ve outlined a calendar to highlight important national days of action. Early this year, we’ll want to make the most of the 20 year anniversary of the enactment of Brady Background Checks. As we approach the election this November, we’ll want to ensure voters know where their elected officials stand on requiring background checks before purchasing a gun.
Whether your elected officials are supportive of background checks or not, it’s important to reach out. For those members of Congress who have publicly supported checks, we want to thank them. For those who have not come out to support checks, we want to increase our pressure on them and urge them to publicly sponsor background check legislation, H.R. 1565.